Really, few things are worse than your dog showing up at your back door covered in eau d’ skunk. Tristi, the galgo, did that last week, after getting spritzed right in the face. Mom Erica was, alas, not prepared. Hubby was dispatched to Walmart, smelling none too fresh himself. Truly, a night to remember.
So we share this important recipe with you. Stock up now if your pup is at risk for being skunkified this spring and summer.
1 quart 3% peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda (NOT powder or washing soap or any other substitutes)
1-2 tsp dish soap (some say best results come by blue Dawn)
Mix it up, immediately apply liberally to dog (don't get it in their eyes) and let it sit a few minutes before rinsing it off well. Try to apply it carefully around ears, if the pup got a faceful. (If you’re dying to know the chemical reason behind why this works, go here.)
If their eyes are red and watery, they need attention, too. Rinse them out with human eyewash solution.
Apparently, there is a second magic potion, we learned from a SHUG adopter and vet from Alaska (do they have skunks in Alaska?) Believe it or not, Massengill douche works to de-skunk. We really don’t want to know how or why.
Two ounces with one gallon of water is good for small to medium pets; double that for bigger dogs. Pour over the dog, wait 15 minutes and then rinse. Follow up with regular shampoo. One drawback – Hubby might not be thrilled about picking up this item at Walmart in a skunk emergency.
How is Tristi doing? Erica say it’s a bit hard to tell. According to her --The entire world smells like skunk to me. Even outside. I think it's in my nose.